Thursday, May 13, 2010

Step On Out... the name of an Oak Ridge Boys album I had when I was a kid. It was released in 1985, so I was at least 8 years old when I got it.

I listened to it so much I wore it out. It wouldn't play at all. I was crushed when I discovered this.

Listening to the Oak Ridge Boys made me want to sing. More specifically, listening to the Oak Ridge Boys made me want to sing like Richard Sterban. He's the bass. Now, I don't have the incredibly deep range he does, but I do okay. And I love to sing in choirs, quartets, duets, the car, the shower, and sometimes in class.

I'm no longer self-conscious about my voice. I don't mind who hears me sing. I used to hide "behind" the other voices in the choirs I sang with, but now I love to sing out and be noticed.

Back to "Step On Out." I can't find this album for download. I use legal sites, like iTunes, but they don't have it. I looked for mp3 downloads of the album, and I can't find it. Some sellers on have it, but I really don't like to use the independent sellers. No real reason, I just don't.

If I remember, I'm going to check with Groovacious this week. I really want to have this album again.


refugee from reason said...

Pete Seeger said, "The easiest way to avoid wrong notes is to never open your mouth and sing. What a mistake that would be. There's no such thing as a wrong note as long as you're singing."

Adam said...

I completely agree.

Fun story: I like to sing in the shower now. Never did before. I realized that it makes it possible to hear my own voice from the outside, as it were. It helped me realize that I have a decent voice, not just an ability to stay on pitch.

Singing is good for me.

refugee from reason said...

Going with what Pete Seeger believes, even pitch isn't necessary: Just the joy of singing. I play the banjo and guitar, by the way, as well as a dulcimer and a bit of piano. My voice, however, is perfectly dreadful.

Adam said...

That's the thing. I was raised to be a perfectionist. It's been a major part of my personality for a long time.

To use a music metaphor, I'm slowing learning that it's okay to hit the wrong notes.

I don't have to be perfect. It's a nice feeling.

Exchange Advanced Administration said...

Amazon sellers aren't so bad. I made a few hundred off it last year. And if you don't get what you paid for, you can "report" and "downgrade" them. And they don't get paid until you confirm you've received the product. Just average folks trying to make a buck off their golden oldies - okay for my BJ's golden oldies.

Adam said...

That's good to know. I think I'll check with the local music store first (buy local!), then go with the amazon seller.